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Japan's corpse hotels offer cheaper, simpler funerals

The hotels serve a growing market in a country where the population is ageing rapidly

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The funeral for Hajime Iguchi at Sousou, a corpse hotel in the Tokyo suburb of Kawasaki City, last autumn. It was attended by five relatives who placed flowers and origami cranes on his body, creating a bright shroud.

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THE minimalist rooms at the Hotel Relation here in Japan's third-largest city are furnished with plain twin beds. Flat-screen televisions adorn the walls. Plastic-wrapped cups and toothbrushes are provided in the bathrooms. And just across the hall are the rooms where the corpses

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